Frank Fulmer, Co. F, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves


FRANK FULMER, coal dealer, was born in Loyalsock township, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, July 11, 1838, son of David and Catherine (Dietrick) Fulmer. David Fulmer was a son of Adam Fulmer, and died in 1871. His first wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Dietrick, died in 1858, and was the mother of eleven children: Elias; Frank; Joseph; Adam; David; John; Lavina, who married Jacob Berger; Abigail; Susan; Elizabeth, who married John Casselberry, and Sarah Jane, who married H. U. Striker. He was again married, to Catherine Marsh, who survives him and lives in Williamsport. Mr. Fulmer was a stockholder in the Market Street bridge, was a Democrat in politics, filled various township offices, and was a member of the Lutheran church. Frank Fulmer, his son and the subject of this sketch, was educated in the township schools and in 1861 enlisted in Company F, Fifth Pennsylvania Reserves, served twenty-two months, was wounded at Charles City Cross Roads, and was honorably discharged because of the effects of said wound. He re-enlisted in the spring of 1865 in Company E, Third United States Veteran Volunteers, Hancock Corps, served until the spring of 1866, was with the Army of the Potomac, and participated in the battles of Mechanicsville, Gaines’s Mill, White Oak Swamp, and others. After the close of the war he followed boating on the canal for nine years, and was then employed in shipping lumber for a Mr. Quinn for a number of years. After serving as a member of the Williamsport police force for two years, he embarked in the saw milling business, erecting a portable saw mill in 1880, which he operated for two years. In the fall of 1882 he established his present coal business, and has built up a good trade. He is a member of Reno Post, G. A. R., and of Camp 47, Union Veteran Legion, is a Democrat in politics, and in 1885 was elected to the office of county commissioner. During his term of office the commissioners built two bridges on Pine creek, one on Larry’s creek, and one at Lairdsville. He is at present a member of the school board from the First ward. He was married in 1868 to Mary E., daughter of Charles Fisher, and to this union have been born six children: Florence E.; Jessie Almeda; Frank; David; Charles, and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer are members of the Lutheran church.

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